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Bogus Bohemians of late-1960s New York model Mod cotton fashions.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Sponsor: Cotton Producers Association
Audio/Visual: Sd, C
Keywords: Fashion; New York City: History; Consumerism
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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the music is kinda dreamy and reminded me of those softcore films of the 60s..despite its faults...i enjoyed this film..it gives a glimpse of what might have been..which is what film tries to do anyway...
Bizr Pix -
Subject: Bohemian cotton-wearing squares
So where are the artists? Oops, I forgot. There aren't any, because they might mess up their oh-so-hip cotton outfits! And artists would never be able to afford 364 coordinated outfits plus the Nehru jackets and stylish accessories necessary to be a resident of Greenwich Village in the late 60s!
I had to scratch my head a little to figure out what the 'RFD' stood for. I think it might be in reference to 'Mayberry RFD' which I think came out around the same time as this turkey.
Subject: Help with info?
Does anybody have any idea who the performer is that is shown playing for like 2 seconds in a club right after the nightlife section begins? Is it Neil Young? Anybody have any idea how to dig further?
Trendy commerical for its time
Christine Hennig -
Subject: Oh No! It's the Stepford Village!
This late-60s film, made by cotton producers, is purportedly about Greenwich Village, except itÃÂs the most gawdawful square film ever made. Robotic catalog models practice ÃÂrelaxed suburban livingÃÂ in the Village, wearing comfortable cotton clothes, while a laid-back narrator drones on and on about how carefree their ÃÂcountry lifestyleÃÂ is, and Muzak plays in the background. Everybody is white, and the only sign of hippies is a very brief view of a graffiti-covered wall with peace signs on it. Even given that I lived through the 60s as a child in Omaha, Nebraska, I can hardly believe this film exists. ItÃÂs as if all signs of the counterculture had been cleansed from one of its hotbeds, leaving a fresh, lemony scent behind. Contrast it with Greenwich Village Sunday, and see if it doesnÃÂt feel like The Stepford Village to you. It even makes Coffee House Rendezvous look like Columbia Revolt! Unfortunately, after your jaw drops, itÃÂs boring as all get-out, and that lowers its rating somewhat, though it does have the distinction of being the first film IÃÂve ever reviewed to get a ÃÂBOMBÃÂ in the Historical Interest category.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: BOMB. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Groovy Cotton + Greenwich Village = Shagadelics!
Quite possibly the only fashion travelogue you'll ever see, this gem mixes shots of Greenwich village with uh, "natives" (read bad actors) pretending to be "bohemian" while wearing the up-to-the-minute cotton Nehru Jacket and hideous green print shirt from such fashion dynamos such as Glen Of Michigan. Who are they trying to kid? Similar to Greenwich Village Sunday where you can pick out the actors a mile away, I REALLY liked this because of the trippy music, the ever so coy narration and the two actors trying so hard to fit in like a square peg. Highly reccomended!
Subject: Groovy Cottons in the Village
A film financed by the Cotton Producers Association pushing cotton clothing for ÃÂcountrified cosmopolitans.ÃÂ A ÃÂmodÃÂ young couple frolic through the streets of Greenwich Village wearing a variety of cotton outfits. The film is dated 1969, but the way the people on the street look, and the fact that neither of the models wear bell-bottoms suggests that it was made a few years earlier, maybe around 1967. Although the Village area was one of the hotbeds of the emerging sixties counter-culture and the anti-war movement, we see no signs of it here, needless to say. This filmÃÂs interest in the VillageÃÂs ÃÂoffbeatÃÂ atmosphere is confined to using it as a vehicle to sell its products. The two models posturing in their ÃÂcarefree cottonÃÂ clothing become increasingly grating as the film goes along. They act out a caricature of youthful behaviorÃÂI suspect the filmmakers themselves were middle-aged. In a scene shot at a ÃÂparty in the garret of a bohemian friend,ÃÂ a guest stagily wears sunglasses and a beret; the filmÃÂs producers were still in the ÃÂbeatnikÃÂ mode. Even in the sanitized form shown here, the filmÃÂs scenes of the Village in the sixties have interesting documentary value. Some of the shots, particularly in Washington Square Park, look like they were shot earlier; older footage was probably spliced in to pad out the film.
Subject: Assignment for SPC 4930
After I wasted my time watching an old archive about carefree cotton in Greenwich Village, I decided to not subject myself to anymore of boring footage. The marketing was similar to todayÃÂsÃÂ in that many commercials present images that donÃÂt necessarily pertain to the product, but help sell it. I am not here to critique it but instead review how it illuminates urban life. In the opening of the film there was quick sweep of footage of New York City as a whole. Then it placed the part called, Greenwich. ÃÂIn the shadows of modern Manhattan, surrounded by glass and steel, yet only a subway stop away from the seething city, with its crowds of people, hectic workday schedules, and the office routine. . . lies the sleepy village called GreenwichÃÂ. The film stated that Greenwich is a suburban oasis in an urban setting. It went on to show the winding streets, churches, courtyards, homes, town square and sidewalk cafes. It showed how cotton clothing, especially corduroy is the capital of Greenwich. That fashion is very avant-garde there. The film stated, Village life is cosmopolitan, yet relaxed and carefree. Later on it showed the Washington arch, which stands for free man it said. The film showed Washington square also and explained how it used to be for hangings and meetings, but now itÃÂs used for idle pleasures. The film also explained that Greenwich has a great sense of history; Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Edgar Allen Poe, Thomas Edison, to name a few all lived there. (I think I remember hearing that from one of TimÃÂs speeches in The Cruise.) Overall, this short film gave a fairly good illumination of urban life.